Coronavirus: Tax authorities continue to operate and show goodwill

19/03/2020 (08:30)
Press release
Department of Finance

The tax authorities of Basel-Stadt are continuing to operate in the extraordinary situation announced by the Federal Council. All services are available. The tax authorities are also showing goodwill in tax issues.

On 16 March 2020, the Federal Council categorised the situation in Switzerland as extraordinary in accordance with the law on epidemics. Non-food shops, restaurants, bars, entertainment and leisure businesses, as well as businesses where social distancing regulations cannot be adhered to, have therefore been ordered to close until 19 April 2020. However, public administration and therefore the tax authorities of Basel-Stadt will remain open.

Take care of tax matters online or by phone

Because of the extraordinary situation, people are advised to take care of concerns or questions about submitting their tax return or payment of tax, online, by email or by phone. The most important tax services are available online at

No reminders about submitting tax returns at the end of March

2019 tax returns can be submitted by the end of May 2020 instead of by the end of March. No reminders will be sent and no fees charged for late submissions of tax returns by the end of May 2020.

Fair payment terms

Assessment decisions will continue to be sent. Requests for deferment of payment can be submitted to the tax authorities for tax claims that have definitively been invoiced. These requests will be assessed according to the situation and the deferments of payment will be granted fairly. However, the tax authorities are not able to waive collection of interest on late payment because it is a legal requirement. The regulation that the Federal Government passed on 18 March 2020 applies to enforcement of payment: From 19 March up to and including 4 April 2020 payment will not be enforced against debtors across the whole of Switzerland.